Friday, April 8, 2016

Nova Scotia revokes teacher licences at high rate — secretly

Nova Scotia revokes teacher certifications at a higher rate than any other English-speaking province.

For every 1,000 Nova Scotia teachers, 4.2 have had certificates revoked, according to data collected for a CBC Marketplace investigation into teacher discipline and transparency.

Both an education expert and the province's own teacher certification registrar say they have difficulty explaining why.  

"It's surprising. It certainly does seem to be an outlier," said Robert Bérard, graduate education director at Halifax's Mount Saint Vincent University.

"I don't think there's any reason to believe that teachers in Nova Scotia are more likely to commit offences than teachers anywhere else."

Between 2005 and 2015, Nova Scotia voided teaching certifications of 44 teachers.

Only the larger provinces of Ontario and British Columbia voided more.  (more...)


Something in the salt air?

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